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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Ms Roseline Oakland" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 12:07:39 +0100
Subject: Please kindly help me

Hello Dear,
Kindly read my mail because you don't know me,but by luck i got your contact.
I got your contact address when searching through Industrial and Institute Directory.
I wish to invest in a manufacturing and in your country.
I am Ms Roseline Oakland from The Cote D'ivoire Abidjan. I am the only daughter,
I lost my parents. My late father was a serving director of the cocoa board of directors in
Cote-d'ivore Abidjan until his death.
He was assassinated by the rebels following the renewed political uprising.
Before his death he deposited in a Security and Finance
Company here Dakar-Senegal the sum of ( 2.5 Million Us Dollars )
being money he acquired from cocoa exports.
I want you to do me a favour to receive this money in your country or any safer place.
As the beneficiary I have plans to futher my education and do investment in your country, .
This are my reason for contacting you.
Please if you are willing to assist me, indicate your interest in replying soonest.
I am now in Dakar Senegal.I left my country following the wake of departures of foreign nationals residing in Abidjan. >
Thanks and best regards.
MsRoseline Oakland .

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